Our assembly plan is suitable for children who are in secondary schools. It will encourage pupils to think about older people and learn about the contribution that they make to our society. The assembly is interactive and celebrates people in later life, while demonstrating the support that age sometimes needs.
Age NI delivers care services, provides advice and information, campaigns, fundraises and influences our decision-makers to improve later life for you, your parents, your grandparents and your older relatives and neighbours.
Think about ways that older people make a big contribution to your life and the lives of your friends and family. Get those thinking caps on and think of examples, e.g. perhaps your grandparent looks after a young child in your family so that their parents can go out to work? Get into groups of five and discuss these ideas. After ten or fifteen minutes, one member of the group presents to the assembly about the variety of ways that older people make a positive difference to the world around us.
Choose five volunteers to come up to the front of the assembly. Have five tables ready with a pad and pen.
You will need:
Please get your volunteers to wear the props: 1 pair of earmuffs, two pairs of gloves and a pair of glasses then ask volunteers to try and draw a picture or write a short letter while wearing their props. The task is to show the difficulty older people face with their senses impaired. The earmuffs are to show the difficulty hearing, the gloves are to show the difficulty doing menial tasks with stiff, arthritic joints and the glasses are to show the weakened vision that occurs.
Discuss with the pupils some fun memories and stories of their grandparents or older friends and relatives. Talk about why they are positive roles models, what interesting things they do in their spare time, what can be learned from them and why they should be recognised and respected. Finally discuss what steps the pupils are going to take to show respect to older people within the community.
Secondary School assembly plan (PDF 104KB)
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